Jan Groth - Course and Volume

New exhibition at Stavanger Art Museum

On Friday, 6 May 2022, the exhibition Jan Groth - Course and Volume opened at Stavanger Art Museum.

Jan Groth (1938–2022) was one of the leading Scandinavian artists of his generation. Through the consistency of his artistic practice, his extensive production and exhibitionary activity and his great generosity and efforts to promote other artists, he made a deep impact on Norwegian and international spheres of art.

Jan Groth is most known for his large tapestries, drawings, sculptures and wall drawings, all of which concern the presentation of a distinctly drawn line. Over time, the line also took the form of sculptures and eventually also wall drawings. As an artist, Groth remained true to his long-term project, a decision which drew the admiration of many artist colleagues.

For many years, Groth had a close connection to the art museum in the city of his birth, Stavanger. The initial outcome of this was a large donation of his own works and the establishment, in 1995, of the Jan Groth Archive at the museum. Three years later, in response to a desire to strengthen the art museum’s collection, the Jan Groth Collection was also established at the museum. Today, the international profile of the Jan Groth Collection represents a significant contribution to the collection of Stavanger Art Museum as a whole.

In the exhibition Jan Groth - Course and Volume, Stavanger Art Museum presents four new wall drawings that were created especially for the rooms in the museum. Also featured are some of the most central tapestries and sculptures as well as drawings and archival material. Through presenting some of the points of impact of Jan Groth’s oeuvre and career, the museum seeks to present a picture of an artistic practice that continues to fascinate the general public as well as a younger generation of artists.

The exhibition is curated by Vibece Salthe in collaboration with Jan Groth, who was very much involved up to the time just before his death. It will be on show through Sunday, 4 September 2022.

Photo: Galleri Riis.